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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  27 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Convicts round up wild mustangs, a schizophrenic homeless man wins the jackpot and disappears, a truck driver with a child's mind spends his last hours in the embrace of a prostitute's photos—disparate and vivid, Mark Maynard's characters intersect in the new wild west of Reno, Nevada.

"Throughout the volume’s eight tenuously linked tales, lives and fortune are lost, and t
Paperback, 180 pages
Published 2012 by Torrey House Press
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My opinion: I love that one book reviewer called this a "world that the Nevada Board of Tourism would rather you not see" because they were DEAD ON in their review. Come on, the cover of the book, which depicts a metal fold up chair shot up in the cracked desert earth, says it all.

These short stories were twisted in their depiction of life and that everything isn't squeaky clean or wraps up with a nice red ribbon all the time, which, let's face it, is r
Patrick O'Neil
I was just in Reno. The rodeo was opening that same weekend. Drunken cowboys were in the streets all night, screaming, or maybe they were yodeling, who could tell? I stayed in a casino downtown, or what would be downtown if the powers that be in Reno ever decided what or where the downtown actually was. Hell, Reno's not exactly large – "The Biggest Little City In The World" is its motto – and then there's a river running through the middle of it, homeless degenerates living on its sidewalks, and ...more
I have visited Reno while visiting my parents, not as a tourist or a gambler, which gives the city a different feel than if you are visiting just for the casinos or the easy access to outdoor activity spots. This collection of stories felt so accurate to me, even Trading Up, about the pawnbroker with a hidden talent (or curse). Not all of the stories were to my taste, but you can't make everyone happy. Two of my favorite stories were Around the Bend and Jackpot, besides Trading Up. They're both ...more
L.F. Falconer
"Grind" is a collection of slice-of-life vignettes based in the Reno/Tahoe area of Nevada where ordinary people who, through strange twists of fate, find themselves in some not-so-ordinary circumstances. After reading through these loosely interwoven stories, I have to say that my favorite was "Trading Up," which featured a pawn-shop owner with a touch of the supernatural.

I'm generally not a big fan of literary fiction, but I found this work to be well-written and intriguing, with vivid descript
Lynn Lund
I have received a free copy of this book through a GoodReads First Reads giveaway.
This is one of those books that you start to read and tell yourself you'll only read a story or two, and the next thing you know you are flipping the last page and you've missed your lunch date. True story. I could not put it down. Thankfully my sister didn't give me too much heck, although I did have to allow her to borrow the book.
While there is a recurring theme that binds all the stories, you couldn't ask f
David Michael Slater
Pleased to recommend this collection of thought-provoking short stories by fellow Reno author and teacher, Mark Maynard. Grind brings together a memorable assemblage of offbeat and wayward characters passing through Reno--and life--just beyond the ragged edges of the American Dream.
I got this book from a GoodReads giveaway. As a collection of slightly connected stories, it was very good. I feel like it was the beginning of 8 different novels and wish that he would have gone further on some of them, "Steep" and "Letdown" in particular. However, Maynard did a fantastic job of painting characters that were imperfect or broken or forgotten about in society. The book makes the reader empathize with them and understand how they are unable to deal with the situations in which the ...more
I received this book through a give-away. It is a well written compilation of short stories which were depressing. All the stories are set in Las Vegas, NV. The situations are of everyday people with the human condition. I found myself not caring about any of the characters and felt the book was a grind to get through (No pun intended).
Ralph Neville
I got this book from a Goodreads giveaway.
It was a nice little book, but after reading an almost 700 page novel, it was like reading the first chapter of a different novel every few pages.
Or like one of those little snippets of the next novel at the end of a book, that I hate and never read...
I think Mark should do novel...
Trevor Craig
Overall, I enjoyed this book. It was a very quick read, and the stories were interesting enough. I would definitely recommend reading it. For the time it takes, it's worth it.
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Mark Maynard's debut collection of short stories Grind was published by Torrey House Press on December 18, 2012.

Mark grew up on the north shore of Lake Tahoe in Incline Village, NV, a very small town that blessed him with enough quirky characters from an early age to populate a lifetime of stories.

He lives in Reno, Nevada with his wife and two sons and teaches Composition, Fiction and Creative W
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